Last night was the first in the 3 part biopic of Cilla Black who found fame in 1960’s Liverpool.
I’ve been waiting for this ITV drama series to start for months, partly because I’m fascinated by 1960’s Liverpool and it’s music scene and partly because it was filmed in and around The North West, where I live. Media City, where ITV are based, is literally 10 minutes up the road from my home and many of the props were bought from a shop local to my town of Urmston, Mrs M Vintage, so it has been really exciting hearing all about it.
The first part of the series didn’t disappoint in any way, from the brilliant casting of Sheridan Smith as Cilla and Aneurin Barnard, as her future husband Bobby Willis. Aneurin played David Bailey in a drama about the photographer and his then beau, the model Jean Shrimpton and Sheridan was excellent as Ronnie Biggs wife in a previous Media City production.
It was brilliant to see the scenes in The Cavern where Cilla and her bezzies danced to the early music of their mates The Beatles. Having been there several times myself, its always a thrill when you recognise a venue or location.
The set designers and the props and costume teams were spot on with their styling, with everything looking suitably down at heel and dirty, as it would have in a post war working class city such as Liverpool.
If you were inspired by the clothes in the 60’s scenes, Boden have given a nod to the era with some of their current collection, shown here.
Roll on next Monday night, it was FAB!